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Exploring the Possibilities of Curing Paralysis: A Journey from Fear to Hope

Updated: Jan 27, 2023

As a child, I feared a future where chips were implanted in people, as seen in movies where AI or robots took over the world. Today living without a mobile smartphone seems almost impossible; having access to the internet in the palm of your hand is an extension of our brains. With just a few keywords, all the information in the world is available.

While it may feel unnatural to have a device implanted in our bodies, sometimes it's necessary - like the bars and screws that saved my life after an accident. Inserting a chip in a brain to save a person is ethically sound, but future upgrades may make the present version of us look archaic. On social media, I get comments like "pray and you will heal" and "God will cure you", but I always think that maybe both science and God will, and a cure through implanting a chip may be possible in the future.

However, financial accessibility is a huge barrier, and with the deterioration of muscle and bone condition if people are paralyzed for long periods of time, it may not even be possible for everyone health-wise. What are your thoughts?

The idea of implanting a chip in a person's body is an intriguing concept, but one that should be approached with caution. While this technology may provide a cure to certain medical conditions, it also raises ethical and moral questions that must be considered before it can be adopted. Additionally, the cost and practicality of the procedure must be taken into account, as it may not be financially feasible or physically possible in some cases. Ultimately, while the idea of implanting a chip presents an exciting prospect, more research and discussion is needed before it can be safely implemented.

If I could only walk again, feel the sand between my toes while the waves wash up on the shore...

Curing paralysis on a short term basis is a complex challenge that has yet to be solved. Paralysis is caused by a variety of factors, ranging from trauma to degenerative disorders. While some advances have been made in the area of stem cell therapy and regenerative medicine, a permanent cure for paralysis remains elusive.

The most promising short-term approach to curing paralysis is the use of neural implants, such as those being developed by Elon Musk's Neuralink. Neural implants are devices that are implanted into the brain and can be used to stimulate and control nerves, allowing paralyzed individuals to regain partial or full control of their limbs.

Although this technology is still in its early stages, it has the potential to provide a significant improvement in the quality of life for paralyzed individuals. However, neural implants are not a cure-all. They are expensive, require extensive surgery, and may not be suitable for all individuals. Additionally, they require frequent maintenance and adjustments in order to remain effective. As such, they may only be able to provide a short-term solution to paralysis, rather than a permanent cure.

In conclusion, curing paralysis on a short-term basis is a complex challenge, but one that is being addressed through advances in neural implant technology. While these implants may be able to provide some benefit to paralyzed individuals, they are unlikely to provide a permanent solution. Additionally, their expense and complexity may limit their utility in the short-term.

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